Monday, April 21, 2014

1st Annual Easter at The Biltmore Mansion

Hope you all had a lovely Easter. This is our first Easter, in our new home away from family, so we decided to start our own tradition, Easter Sunday's at The Biltmore. Before we left for the day we took a few photos, this is our couple picture.
This was my status before we left, it explains the bunny...
Good morning darlings! I woke up early and saw my Easter basket filled with a beautiful orchid presented sweetly by Cory. This morning we sipped on our coffee reading Matthew 28: 5-7 and watched out of our front window as an adorable bunny hopped around, he stayed around until the dogs caused a commotion. Hopefully I'll be able to do some walking today, as I have had a bruised tailbone these past few days and I'm in some pain. I'm joyful though as we have a lovely day planned at The Biltmore in Asheville, that I've been so excited for. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!
Charlotte is about 2.5 hours away from Asheville, so we left early. This was the entrance gate to the estate. As soon as we arrived we had to get to The Deerpark Restaurant as we had reservations at 1pm for the buffet, it was nice eating and looking out to the courtyard with live music.
If your a 90's kid like me, you may recognize it as the home in Richie Rich!
Earlier in the day the lawn looked like this, with lot's of children gathered to Easter egg hunt!

The loggia has incredible views of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, and such beautiful architecture.
My hubby standing next to one of the lions at the entrance. Inside is a self guided tour, there are other ones you can take, but we read the booklet ourselves as we glanced around all the rooms. It's certainly a big house, impressively authentic, and requires a lot of walking. If your in a wheelchair I could see some challenges, but the first floor would be easy to maneuver and there is a small staff operated elevator that must go to the second floor.
The gardens were spectacular. We saw tulips in a variety of colors. The conservatory looks deceiving because it has several greenhouse corridors, all with different temperatures.

After we finished touring the house and gardens, and before we headed home, we went over to the village and had dinner at the French Bistro. It was rather delicious. It was a fun day out, hopefully we can continue this tradition.

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Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson SYC #99


Mimi said...

Oh you are so fortunate to have such a beautiful spot to visit close by. That looks like a piece of France relocated to the U.S. Thankyou for sharing! Mimi xxx

Tea in the Library said...

I love that you take advantage of living close to such a fabulous site. You'd be amazed at the people who live need something spectacular and never go. Love your tours - and the bunny! Have a blessed week!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

What a wonderful day to spend Easter! Love the photos and the grounds are gorgeous. That blue flower is Agapanthus and It's a favorite of mine. Only an annual here, but I love planting at least one. Cute photos of you and hubby! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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